By Michael Barrett, Illinois Referee-in-Chief & Supervisor of Officials
One of the goals of IHOA is to provide officials with every opportunity to advance in their officiating career and move to the highest levels of the game. It is in this spirit that I would like to take a moment to recognize one of IHOA’s very own officials.
Ian McCambridge is an IHOA official I would like to recognize for his accomplishments, volunteerism and rise through the officiating ranks.
Ian started right here as a level 1 official a number of years ago. Ian started as an official by working mite games and through the years he continued to advance as an official and young man. Ian worked his first hockey game in October of 2004 with Dave Zednik at the Bridgeview Ice Arena. As he continued to advance, he worked his first junior hockey game on October 17, 2007. He has worked the Silver Cup Finals (NA3HL), the Robertson Cup Finals (NAHL) and the Clark Cup finals (USHL) as well as the ACHA division 1 Finals. And, he was selected to participate in the USAH Regional camp and Program of Merit.
This brings me to the current time. This Sunday, Ian will be working his first home town game as an AHL official at the Chicago Wolves v. Iowa Wild game at the Rosemont Allstate Arena. The game starts at 4:00 p.m.
Many of you may have encountered Ian during various seminars because a few years ago, Ian started volunteering his time and talents to the IHOA officiating staff. Ian has worked as an IHOA assistant instructor for the past few years, as well as the Advanced Development Officials group and his ability to pass on his experiences to other attendees has not gone unnoticed.
IHOA is proud of Ian’s accomplishments and his willingness to give back to the officiating community. Congratulations to Ian and we hope he has a great time on the AHL ice!
IHOA will highlight other officials who have worked or are working their way towards the top. We would like to spotlight those who are at the top of the game as well as those who are making great strides at the beginning of their careers.